Queen Letizia stepped out in the soft blue Pedro del Hierro belted dress.
Queen Letizia repeats soft blue Pedro del Hierro dress for a trip to Catalonia
The King and Queen of Spain continued their tour to all of the Autonomous Communities with a trip to Catalonia, specifically the town of Poblet. The objective is to support the recovery of social, economic and citizen activity following the COVID-19 lockdown.
Their Majesties visited Monasterio de Santa María de Poblet, where they saw the works of the painter Guinovart, toured the premises and reflected upon a selection of documents from the archive.
Before leaving they held a meeting with the monks of the Benedictine Community.
Monasterio de Santa María de Poblet was founded in 1151 by Cistercian monks, it is located at the foot of the Prades Mountains. The construction of the Monastery began in the 12th century, it has varied architectural styles including; Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. It was the first of three sister monasteries, known as the Cistercian triangle, that helped consolidate power in Catalonia in the 12th century. In 1991 the Monastery was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
According to HOLA, an agenda was planned for the afternoon in Barcelona. However, due to an increase in new COVID-19 cases restrictions on mobility have been put into effect.
Queen Letizia stepped out in the soft blue Pedro del Hierro belted dress.
The breezy frock was first seen during last year's Spanish Cooperation trip to Mozambique (shown below).
Today she teamed it with her ecru Macarena 'ALBA50' espadrilles.
21/7/2020 08:32:32 pm
This is a very elegant & lovely dress that fits perfectly. The pale blue fabric drapes beautifully all over the body and the tie belt helps keep in together. I'm glad Letizia wore the sleeves rolled up this time to give it a new look from the previous occasion when they were worn all the way down. I think the uneven hem works this time and helps to accentuate the overall soft and feminine look of the dress.
22/7/2020 06:36:03 am
I welcome the rolled up sleeves being in a self-colour rather than the rolled-up floral Hugo Boss sleeves which came up rather pale. It just looks a bit odd against a print to me!
23/7/2020 12:15:44 am
You mean the HB dress worn on 07/15/20. Yes, you're right the roll ups don't work on flowered prints.
22/7/2020 01:06:02 am
Overall, I generally love the way the Queen dresses. But personally I feel that the espadrilles are too casual and clunky for the
22/7/2020 06:30:58 am
How beautifully subdued the Pedro del Hierro dress is for the monastery setting, very much in keeping with the peaceful surroundings. The cream Macarenas are a welcome change from the pink ones, seeming more sleek and fitted than the others which seem so clunky to look at. As part of a tourism-related engagement they seem more at home to me, and I can even live with the uneven hem of the dress. From the runway photo it looks as if the dress was meant to be a fairly untidy look anyway and Letizia keeps it much more elegant.
22/7/2020 10:05:22 am
This Pedro del Hierro design was one of my favourite pieces from 2019 (as seen above). Combined with elegant navy accessories and brilliant aquamarine hoops, it was a beautiful but understated look, obviously, similar styling would have been impractical for Monday's event. Despite this dress having yet another uneven hemline, clean lines and block colour balance the style. The refined simplicity of this dress highlights the overworked designs of recently worn dresses with; prints, shirred details, pintucks and exaggerated hemlines. The fabric has weight, the gentle fluidity of the blouse and wrap skirt moved gracefully during motion 'as one', compared to previous hemlines that appeared jagged in movement. It's a shame that the collar lies flat, rather than standing upright, but this is a minor issue. From afar the Macarenas work well, although I would have preferred a delicate model. This season Letizia has predominately favoured heavy alparagatas with high wedges and sizable platforms. If her choices were lighter, ensembles may feel more in proportion overall.
23/7/2020 08:58:04 am
Thanks for such an evocative critique of how the Pedro del Hierro works, I can see it with fresh eyes now!
22/7/2020 03:40:11 pm
This dress has a conservative, but stylish vibe befitting a visit to the beautiful monastery. I love the soft colour and the drape of the fabric. I know that espadrilles are often worn in Spain and without meaning to offend anyone, I fail to see why they are so popular. No matter the colour, they all look so clunky with the wedges, platforms and ties. To me they look almost as heavy as work boots, although I assume they're lighter than they appear. How I wish that Letizia would wear a sandal, perhaps with a slight heel if she doesn't want a complete flat shoe. It bare toes are seen as offensive there are sandals with the sides and backs open (like some of her dressy shoes) but with an enclosed toe. I just yearn for a lighter, cooler look with summer dresses.
The difference between this and some of the other dresses we have seen on this tour is the quality of the fabric. It shows in the fluidity, the drape, it's wrinkle free, moves with her. and fits perfectly. Understated hair and makeup round out an excellent appearance. The espadrilles (the pink ones are chunky) are a personal preference. She has been wearing them for years in the summer. Everyone has their quirks. Most of the sites chosen for this trip are on uneven ground. This is probably her way of combining heel height with the stability of a wedge and personal comfort.
23/7/2020 04:15:29 am
I love this beautiful dress, its simple but elegant. The colour is very pretty and feminine, uneven hemline works much better in this instance, I dont mind it at all.
23/7/2020 07:22:41 am
Regarding alpargatas I would like to say something. They are not a matter of style. They are a matter of communication. Alpargatas are the best way that the queen has in order to connect with the people in this times of unprecedent crisis. In Spain, during the summer, every woman wears them, no matter her condition or age or region. And women wear them in the morning, midday, afternoon or even evening. Even to go to work, of course to go shopping, to attend meetings and social gatherings of all kind. Maybe it is difficult to understand from abroad. Alpargatas in summer are here like coats in winter. They are not the only option, but they are a very common choice, regardless the social or economic background. And this is a very useful resource for Letizia in order to appear close and reachable to the people. And spaniard like them.
23/7/2020 06:22:55 pm
I would like to add that in all Latin America they wear alpargatas too and all those countries have a strong conexion with our Royal Family and with Spain. Most of them have even the double nationality. And in Spain men wear alpargatas too, but flat.
25/7/2020 12:19:04 pm
Interesting contextualization. Thanks! I assumed it was a cultural choice but I wasn't aware of the symbolic/political value.
23/7/2020 07:49:09 am
I have forgotten to say that here in Spain we call them not only alpargatas but also "cuñas" 🙂
23/7/2020 05:04:12 pm
Or espardenyes in Catalan..
24/7/2020 09:08:10 pm
For anyone that may be interested here's the link to an interview, HOLA did with Macarena. I found it interesting hearing how the alparagatas were purchased.
25/7/2020 12:20:55 pm
This dress is soothing to behold. The colour, the fabric, and the style look cool and smooth. I hope she enjoys wearing it as much as I enjoy seeing it.
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